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Getting to school

Free school transport

Find out if your child qualifies for free school transport and how to apply.

Who gets free school transport?

Primary school pupils

Distance pupil lives from catchment primary school:

  • 2 miles away or more
  • 1 mile away or more and gets both a clothing grant and free school meals (in agreement with qualifying benefits)
  • 1 mile away or more and has 3 or more older siblings

Secondary school pupils

Distance pupil lives from catchment secondary school:

  • 3 miles away or more
  • 2 miles away or more and gets both a clothing grant and free school meals (in agreement with qualifying benefits)

We check the distance by the shortest safe walking route.

How to apply

pdf icon Download an application form [84kb]

You can also collect an application from school.

When to apply

You should apply when your child starts primary or secondary school.

For any other time, apply 4 weeks before you need transport.

Bus stops

The school bus service is organised on our behalf by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

If you get a school bus place, we'll ask you to contact SPT to confirm pick up points and times.

When you need to reapply for a free school bus place

You need to reapply if:

  • Your child moves from primary to secondary school.
  • You move address.
  • There's a change in your circumstances. For example, if your child no longer gets free school meals.

School transport complaints

You should contact your child's school in the first instance

Pupils who don't qualify for free school transport

If you don't qualify for free school transport you may be able to pay for a privilege place.

These places are limited and are at not available at all schools.

We process your application after we confirm all free school transport places. If you apply at the start of the school year, we usually process your application in September.

How to apply

Contact us direct.

Contact

Email: schooltransport@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

Phone: 0141 577 3258

Related information

Free school meals and clothing grants

 


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